Sean Goodman - Sleight of Mind
> Norwich Playhouse
Sean Goodman's unassuming stage presence belies a showman's deadly accuracy with magic.
Tricks are long and complex and feature all the favourite ingredients: cards, words, lucky numbers and lottery tickets.
But instead of the usual mechanical jiggery-pokery, here the game is with the mind. His tools are mental manipulation and psychic suggestion. And he plies them to the full.
We saw him read thoughts and shift people from chair to chair to place them where he wanted; we watched him play on our fellow audience so they chose the numbers in his head, and we saw him apparently predict the future. There was even a long and heart-stopping sequence in which people volunteered their £20 notes and saw them sealed up and tossed on the floor with identical empty packets. All but one was shredded, apparently at random. Needless to say, the money was untouched.
But how was he doing it?
- 1 Norfolk zoo keeper abandoned as a baby reunited with mother in ITV show
- 2 Breakup and burglary! Couple's chaos after £101m win on Euromillions
- 3 Lane of A47 remains shut after serious crash yesterday afternoon
- 4 Man seriously injured in A47 crash after police pursuit
- 5 Two Norfolk seaside hotels named among the best in Britain
- 6 Queen's Platinum Jubilee flypast rehearses over Norfolk
- 7 Boat users given fines over £16k for breaking rules on Norfolk Broads
- 8 Norfolk couple: 'We’ve lost £30k in cryptocurrency scam'
- 9 Hero boxer rescues man who plunged into river to save dog
- 10 Café completely sells out on first week of launching Sunday roasts
The power of suggestion? Low-level hypnotism? A trick with the eyes? The knack of reading body language?
I found it a puzzle.
I shall be pondering his methods for some time to come.